How to make a Word document read only?

You can make a Word document read-only using various methods, depending on your specific needs. Here are three ways to achieve this:

Make a Word Document Read-Only Before Opening:

  1. Open the folder containing the Word document.
  2. Right-click on the Word document and select “Properties.”
  3. In the Properties dialog box, check the “Read-only” option and click “OK.”

Now, the Word document will be opened in read-only mode.

Make an Opening Word Document Read-Only by Using the Restrict Editing Feature:

  1. Open the Word document you want to make read-only.
  2. Go to the “Review” tab and click on “Restrict Editing” to open the Restrict Editing pane.
  3. In the Restrict Editing pane, check “Allow only this type of editing in the document” and choose “Filling in forms.”
  4. Click “Yes, Start Enforcing Protection.”
  5. Set a password in the “Start Enforcing Protection” dialog box and click “OK.”

The document is now read-only, and users are prevented from editing it.

To turn off the read-only view, go to “Review,” click “Restrict Editing,” and then click “Stop Protection.”

Make an Opening Word Document Read-Only Using Save As Tools:

  1. Click on “File,” select “Save As,” and choose “Browse.”
  2. In the Save As dialog box, click on “Tools” and then select “General Options.”
  3. In the General Options dialog box, check the “Read-only recommended” option and click “OK.”
  4. Click “Save” without specifying a destination folder and file name.

    How to make a Word document read only

    How to make a Word document read only

When you open the Word document later, a dialog box will notify you that the document is read-only.

Choose the method that best suits your requirements.
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